Fort Wayne, IN (August 31, 2007)–Sweetwater, the fourth largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world according to Music Trades magazine, has made two appointments in its sales and purchasing departments. Music industry veteran and longtime Sweetwater employee David Klausner has been promoted from Sales Engineer to Sales Manager, and Mike Brinker has been hired as Senior Product Manager/Buyer to further strengthen Sweetwater’s purchasing department.
Klausner hails originally from New York City. Since receiving a BS in Biology from Cornell University, he has spent 25 years working in the music industry. His passion for recording led him to open a commercial facility, Magic Carpet Studio, in the early 1990s. He later worked in major studios in New York and Philadelphia, and has played with or worked on recordings by artists including John Popper, Sonny Landreth, Bernie Worrell, Shania Twain, and Vernon Reid. For the last nine years, he has worked at Sweetwater Sound as a Sales Engineer, where he sold and helped configure systems for artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Adrian Belew, and John Tesh, and for organizations such as the U.S. Army, Showtime Networks, and Lucent Technologies.
“I am truly excited to put my passions for customer service and audio technology into use in my new position,” says Klausner. “I hope to do whatever I can to help Sweetwater maintain its phenomenal growth, while maintaining the untouchable level of service that has gotten us where we are.”
Brinker, an Ohio native, earned a degree in Commercial Music from Capital University and from the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. For the last 12 years he was the Pro Audio Manager for Woodwind & Brasswind, and was previously a manufacturer’s representative for Starin Marketing and Sound Marketing, representing numerous lines including Auralex, Allen & Heath, JVC, Sony, and others.
“I was very familiar with Sweetwater because of my work as a manufacturer’s representative,” says Brinker. “I had a great deal of respect for the company’s philosophy and accomplishments, and I feel fortunate to be selected by Sweetwater for this new position.”
“Sweetwater has been aggressively adding employees, particularly in the sales department,” comments Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack. “We promoted David to provide greater mentoring and oversight for new sales engineers. I’m also delighted to bring a talented professional like Mike Brinker to Fort Wayne.”